I know, that is kind of an odd title to a post about living a paleo lifestyle… Or is it??
Some people might know this, but part of my paleo adventure started right after I came back from a trip of a lifetime trekking through the mountains of Nepal. This is when I realized that something had to change in my life to get me healthy and strong. But that is another topic altogether.
It was on this trip that I was first exposed to squatting when going to the bathroom. Once off the plane in India and then throughout Nepal, only once did we have access to a western toilette. The idea of eliminating my waste this way almost overpowered me culturally and physically. It made me feel really exposed for some reason and physically I found it hard to get into a good squat position and keep it while going for a poop. In essence, it made me feel uncomfortable.
It wasn’t until I was back home for a few months that I realized something. As long as I can remember, I have taken quite a few minutes to do a number two. Up to 30 minutes of sitting and waiting and straining. I would always take something to do into the bathroom with me because I was in there so long. A book, a magazine or the crossword were always on hand. It started to dawn on me that when I was in Nepal, I was only spending a few short minutes to go to the bathroom.
At the same time I had stumbled upon a forum thread about a person wanting to see if there was some sort of portable stow away squatting platform they could use with a standard toilette. This all got filed away in the back of my head until I saw a video by @ugwellness about using a stool when going for a poop and what it would do for your health.
I have 2 kids and had several low stools leftover from when they were smaller and couldn’t reach the sink. I thought that I would give it a shot, try using the stool and see how things went.
I have never looked back. the difference in elimination from then to now ha sbeen dramatic. The speed at which I can Poop is fantastic. I get on the toilette, place the stool under my feet and Bam, I’m done! TMI moment –>> I used to have to do a lot of wiping. It was usually a real mess down there. Now, however, I barely need any paper at all. Everything just lines up perfectly, it’s like ‘open up’ and bombs away. I think of it like this: what other animal do you know that has to wipe their asses?? NONE!! I find it hard to believe that we have let this contraption ruin our natural way of pooping… Oh wait, yes I can.
The Squatty Potty
I have been using 2 fold up stools, one in each bathroom, but they are rather unsightly. I stumble upon a new product called of all things “the Squatty Potty“. It is an ergonomic stool that has been designed to tuck away around your toilette, yet puts you in the perfect position to squat over it. It comes in different heights depending on your toilette height and your own flexibility.
I have been using one for the past few months and must say that it is great and a must have if you want to improve your colon health. The Squatty Potty only costs about $30 plus shipping.
But hey, $14 will get you an ugly collapsible stool that works almost as well.